Some of His Claims &fclim6dencs\
AJgeV'^Hiss said last ' nigStlsimilar -to [tHose; he had un-
thatr . newly . available . files / o£
the Federal ^Bureaui of 'Investp|
gationl show"' that' agents' kri3w
that ii-dornier^ maid’s ■ son* had
.Mrs^jHiSs --typewritete before
the ctime’.jshe- was :> alleged/: to
have typed documents onit.for
a Soviet spy network. t -
He alsot'said’ the, files -show
that, agents told., the late E-Bd,!
director;. Ji; Edgar. Hoover, [that
the Hiss typewriter was bought
in 1928 but; that the. typewriter!
put into .evidence in his 1949
and. 1950:: perjury., trials had a :
number • indicating it had been
manufactured . more..!' than;', a
It was the- first time Mr.. 11133
successfully argued in the past,
were: supported ; by ; F.BX- files:
released uisder -'a; Freedom, of
information Act suit iyi.-v,t
•ihOnciet again,: this time ; to- an;
audience of 250 persons at the
Overseas;: press- Club at* the
Biitmore. Hotel, he -declared
never handed Whittaker Chant-
espionage and I [was never a
member - of ' " fine- Communist!
Party or involved ;, in. any of
their activities:”. :l
:• ■ — - • . ■' .
..jjThe ,statements;hy Mr. Hiss,
a. former State D&pa'rtment of-
ficial' whom Mr.'phambefs . had
accused of beingDa : spy partner.
had- declared that such - oobits, came - a day after.. a ; Smith Col - 1
— - " — *■■■ lege, professor, assetted;;on., the.
iby-John Chahot Smith, a' for-
mer New, York Herald Tribune
[reporter,- which .supports' .Mr.
!Hiss’s-. J assertion..-of ; innocence
and suggetss how Mr. - Cham-
bers could, have obtained- the
documents - involvedhby other
,means._ _ ■ - . \ J
MrsuSmkh" .urgeii^last night-
[that Congress, ,?whosa investi-;
'gations started* ‘the Hiss case,--
should' use ., its; investigative:
powers- to ;.nndertake ia,vnewH
study .1, of material now--:avail^
able. f ; ■*%.' . ;f\
: -Tax Pressure Hinted
The examples- Mr- Hiss cited
; as:- found .by his supporters ;in
the- FJBX> files included::, \
. «1A-. bureau report that Perry
Catlett,-.son ..of a. former Hiss
maid! : - had';* 'responded . after#
lengthy questioning . that the!
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basis : of 'the- newly[re! eased.
F-.B.I.;- material- and -study , of[
Hiss; defense^ records', .'.that, hd-j
believed. Mr. Hiss had lied an(dj
stolen -the,- documents^-
Mr. Hiss’s. danaJ ;to-a- gran&f
juryi.that-'he-had -given docu-S
ments ‘to ! Mr.'; ; Chambers inhai
spy plot led to : his perjury con-;
viction - by- a . jury . in Federal®
Court. -here- Jan. 21, 1950. He.
served. 44 months: in. prison...
from .March 22,- 1951; to Nov. :
27, 1954.: rf';:.;: [-li:,,;,- ' :;: j
The . professor,. Allen Wein-o
stein, whose suit, had made the
F.B.I.. materials .available, . said-'
for Mr. Hiss. But he said, “I
tried to piece together the-
whole fabric of_ evidence which_
seems to me,_much to'my sur-'
prise to-. have gone, the other
way in. terms of- the position I;
began with.” \
Mr. Hiss’s appearance was toi
help announce a- new book,.!
“Alger Hiss: The True Story,” i
; .-. „ -T>» unrYort.Tlmsj
[Allen Weinstein, at Smith fi
ii^rlCoIlege yesterday..; “
Hiss typewriter haS .been given,
to the Catlett family when the,
Hisses ; moved to a new* home!
about; the. beginning-? of Jantt-i
ary. 1938. [Typed’ excerpts andj
summaries from.-' : documents
Mr.., Hiss assertedly? gave -Mr.’
Chambers.'- w c re : da t 3d J anilary
to April 1938c-^ 'i
. Ahf.F.BX'- .’hirgent’j-. telegram
of May 17, 1949, .asserting-that
“investigation had.. established”
that the Woodstock, typewriter
four.d'by the Hiss defense and
[introduced at,; the trial 'could
■notfhave been-Hhe fahulyma-
'chink. Comparisons;, were used
at the trial .jtoN cite.:- products
from the machine as.’ the same
as ; the Chambers documents.
FvB-E taowiedge . before.. trialf
that: ’Navy Department docu- 1
me nts:: re produced on. two- sc?-
released- only last summer hadl
been “kept on open shelves ati
the ^Bureau of Standards 114
brary,’’’ available ' to - anyone. ? J
[[Mr. ■ - Hiss also charged • that 1
btSer;F.Bl papers showed that;
document experts retained by!
his- defense lawyers' were “hav-:
ing their tax returns” : subject-)
ed to intensive investigations)
and some then’ “changed- theiri
pinions/’ t ?.
• Mr. Hiss’ also' commented bnj
a' 'defense lawyerisymemoran-!
;dum >that - was cited by Profes-1
|sor Weinstein as indicating that
oh Dec. 7;' 1946, Mr. Hiss-re-
membered that ' the • typewriter]
had been given to the •' Catlett
family. Mr: Hiss Said, “I domot
recall making -this statement.”
But he- said he had suggested
“household employees” as' per-
sons -from whom -his) lawyers]
[should look for the Machine- s '
'Meanwhile, John H. F7- Shatr
trick, counsel for the -American)
Civil -Liberties Union in? the)
lawsuit that obtained jelease of
;15,376.”pages of F.Bjl. files fori
jProfessor Weinstein, said that
[a hearing would be held before
federal Judge William- B. Jones
in Washington Monday. The;
judge ’will be asked to review in;
private 1,000, more pages that
-the F.B.I. argues are exempt,
from release.- - .- - _ i
,. -Professor Weinstein is, writ-
ing a book, “Perjury: The Hiss-)
Chambers Case.” which, hei
hopes- to complete about, next
December or January for publi-
cation by Alfred A. -Knopf Inc.